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Laurent Koscielny was thinking about summer exit 0

Posted on September 04, 2018 by David Nugent

According to Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny’s agent Stephane Courbis, the France international was considering leaving the club in the summer prior to rupturing his Achilles in the semi-finals of the Europa League against Atletico Madrid.

Could have exited in the summer

Talking to France Football (quoted by the Daily Star), Courbis said: “When he banged the floor with his hand, I immediately knew that it was serious, that it was over.

“Everything at that moment went through my mind, including the worst, which was validated when it emerged that it was an Achilles rupture and that he would miss the World Cup.

Calum Chambers signs a new deal at Arsenal 0

Posted on July 03, 2018 by David Nugent

Arsenal defender Calum Chambers has signed a new contract with the north London club. The move comes after new Gunners boss Unai Emery reportedly told the former Southampton star he is in his plans for next season.

Chambers has struggled to nail down a starting position in North London since moving to the Gunners in 2014 from Southampton.

Not lived up to his supposed potential yet

The reason that Chambers has not yet nailed down a regular starting position is that he has not yet lived up to his supposed potential. Chambers arrived at Arsenal as one of the most promising young defenders in the country.

Arsenal transfer update 0

Posted on June 28, 2018 by David Nugent

With the World Cup centre stage, we tend to forget that there are still transfer negotiations going on all over Europe. Arsenal have reportedly been busy. The Express have been helpful in giving us an update. Here are the players currently linked with the Gunners:

Heung-Min Son

Yes, according to German media outlet Sport1, the Germany slayer could be a transfer target for the Gunners, Manchester United and Liverpool this summer.

Son has impressed at Arsenal’s bitter rivals Tottenham. However, a move to the Gunners seems highly unlikely. In fact, I doubt Spurs would be keen to sell the South Korean international, especially not to their rivals.

Sokratis and Soyuncu take a step towards the Emirates 0

Posted on June 26, 2018 by Veselin Trajkovic

Sokratis Papasthatopoulos’ move to Arsenal has been announced by Borussia Dortmund Sporting Director Michael Zorc, according to Sky Sports. In fact, the German club have already secured a potential long-term replacement by signing 22-year-old French centre-back Abdou Diallo from Mainz.

Earlier reports claimed the two clubs had come near an agreement for a fee of around £16million.

The long-awaited, likely arrival of the Greece international will be another part of the defensive overhaul the newly appointed manager Unai Emery is currently undergoing at the Emirates, and amid all the glamour of the World Cup in full swing at the moment this is a refreshing piece of news for Arsenal fans.

Turkish international wants Gunners move 0

Posted on June 21, 2018 by David Nugent

Young Turkish defender Caglar Soyuncu has revealed that he would like to move to Arsenal. The 22-year-old has been linked with a £35million move to North London this summer.

However, the defender has stated that any deal depends on his German club Freiburg, who have yet to agree a deal with a club for the defender’s services.

Talking about his future, Soyuncu told Turkish media outlet Gunes: ‘Arsenal are an option & I want to go there. But I have 3 more years on my current contract and everything depends on the club [Freiburg],’

Lucas Torreira a shrewd signing for Arsenal 0

Posted on June 13, 2018 by David Nugent

According to Sky Sports, Arsenal have agreed a deal worth around €30m with Sampdoria to sign talented central midfielder Lucas Torreira. The report suggests that the Gunners will pay the fee in instalments. The Uruguayan starlet has a release clause of around £22million.

Torreira is just the sort of player that Arsenal now needs to be targeting, young up and coming players with big potential, while also adding quality experienced players.

An excellent midfield prospect

Arsenal have been missing a bit of bite in midfield in recent years. Swiss international arrived with a reputation for being feisty. However, that is often misplaced aggression and he has enjoyed mixed fortunes in north London.

Arsenal agree Sokratis deal 0

Posted on June 08, 2018 by Veselin Trajkovic

Arsenal have reached an agreement to sign Borussia Dortmund’s Sokratis Papastathopoulos, according to the Telegraph. However, the report also reveals that the deal will not be officially confirmed before July.

The Greek centre-back is the second signing the Gunners are set to make since the appointment of Unai Emery as the manager, and given the way the squad is (un)balanced at the moment, it’s not really surprising that both of them represent defensive reinforcements.

Sokratis started his career in his homeland with AEK Athens, after three years he moved to Italy where he played for Genoa and AC Milan. He moved to Werder Bremen in 2011, and two years later he signed for Borussia Dortmund.

Transfers: A Friday roundup 0

Posted on June 01, 2018 by Veselin Trajkovic

The transfer window has begun in England and various pieces of news and rumours regarding players’ movements are popping up on a daily basis.

When it comes to Arsenal , different media outlets have different things to report. For example, Daily Mail have the Gunners linked with Paris Saint-Germain teenager Yacine Adli. The report claims Adli has rejected an offer of a professional contract from the French champions and is now set to sign a three-year deal with Arsenal, with an extension option for another two years.

Transfers: A news roundup 0

Posted on May 29, 2018 by Veselin Trajkovic

Arsenal are closing in on signing Borussia Dortmund’s Sokratis Papastathopoulos, according to BBC, the Telegraph, Sky Sports and various other sources. The reported sum which the club would pay for the centre-back is £16million.

At 29, Sokratis has a year remaining on his contract at Dortmund. Along with Juventus full-back Stephan Lichtsteiner who is set to join Arsenal for free, the Greece international would represent another low-cost experienced addition to the squad’s defence department. Given the reported size of the funds available for transfers this summer, this is certainly the type of targets the club will be going for.

Four Players Arsenal Could Sign This Summer 1

Posted on May 16, 2018 by Nemanja Lazarevic

Another disappointing campaign has come to an end, but Arsenal fans are hoping next season will be different as new era is set to start following the departure of long-serving manager Arsene Wenger.

Many believe that Manchester City assistant manager Mikel Arteta will be appointed as his successor, with even Pep Guardiola admitting he wouldn’t stand in Arteta’s way should he decide to return to the Emirates.

Somewhat of a squad overhaul definitely seems on the cards and we look at five players the new manager could recruit in the summer transfer window.

Bernd Leno (Bayer Leverkusen)



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